NT debate moves onto parliamentary commissions, despite artists-gov’t agreement

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 2, 2018 16:57

NT debate moves onto parliamentary commissions, despite artists-gov’t agreement

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  • The issue returned in the parliamentary commissions on Monday, when hearings on the special draft-law presented by the majority began.

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TIRANA, July 2 – Despite last week’s announcement from Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj that the government reached an agreement with artists regarding plans to build a new National Theatre building as part of a high-rise complex in Tirana’s centre, the issue returned in the parliamentary commission on Monday, when hearings on the special draft-law presented by the majority began.  

The draft-law was introduced through an expedited procedure in the parliamentary agenda during its last session and also urgently underwent review from three parliamentary committees the same day.

According to the draft-law, the private company “Fusha Shpk” will build the new Theatre using its funds and will be given public space around the National Theatre area to build high-rise complexes.

Meanwhile, last week Veliaj declared that, under the agreement reached with the actors protesting against the destruction of the old NT building, the new building with not come as part of a high-rise complex, will be constructed on its own territory but be three times bigger than the existing one and will not come from taxpayers’ pockets.

The opposition, which has opposed this project from the beginning, considering it a robbery of citizens’ properties, said during the hearing that the draft-law violates at least seven constitutional provisions and contradicts three laws.

For this reason, the parliamentary hearing was accompanied by tense debate.

According to the government, the current building is completely inappropriate and construction is being trusted to a private firm due to lack of government funds.

However, the pre-selected announcement of the construction firm and lack of an open contest among other private firms, has raised doubts on the government’s initiative, and is one of the most contested aspects of the issue.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 2, 2018 16:57